Mormon, Mormon Church, Book of Mormon, Mormon Beliefs, Mormon Religion

Mormon, Mormon Church, Book of Mormon, Mormon Beliefs, Mormon Religion


Welcome to Beliefnet's coverage of the Mormon religion and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Mormon religion was founded the U.S. in 1830 by Joseph Smith, and today is one of the largest faith groups in America. Formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon church is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Mormon missionaries bring the Book of Mormon--the faith's scripture, along with the Bible--around the globe. Mormonism's short history has been tumultuous, with its early embrace of polygamy, which it later renounced; its westward trek under leader Brigham Young; and its successful push for Utah statehood. Beliefnet's Mormon section offers:
  • Essays, columns, slide shows, and other features exploring Mormon life in America
  • Discussion and analysis of issues facing Mormon women, men, families, and missionaries, and relations between Mormons and people of other denominations and religious groups, such as Jews and evangelical Christians
  • An explanation of how Mormonism differs from traditional Christianity
  • Articles from leading Mormon writers such as Linda Hoffman-Kimball and observers of Mormon life such as Jan Shipps


What Mormons Believe

Basic history, beliefs, and membership figures for adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How Mormonism Differs

Explore the differences between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and traditional Christianity.

Hey, Who Are You Calling a Cult?

The LDS Church is less of a cult than many of the religions that accuse it of being one.


A Mormon Celebration

Watch a slide show of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, an annual outdoor show dramatizing scenes from the Book of Mormon.

Pioneer Day

Every July 24, Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day with old-fashioned picnics featuring lots of games for the children, foot races, horse races, dances, speeches, and parades.


Grappling with the Polygamous Past

I believe God approved polygamy for early Mormon pioneers, so I seek reasons why this disturbing practice was necessary. By Jessica Guynn

A Breakthrough in Interfaith Relations

A leading evangelical speaks at the Mormon Tabernacle and says evangelicals have spread lies about LDS beliefs.